The Familiar: A Look Into Fictional and Ancestral Tropes

There's the hero and the side kick—then there's the familiar. Unlike the side kick, the familiar is a small, but still important figure in a story. A familiar assists protagonists throughout the plot. Often, a familiar is akin to a mascot, which drives a message home to the reader. Done right, a familiar leaves a …

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The Father Figure in Fiction

When you think of a father figure, what comes to mind? Someone tough and brave? Unbeatable? Or perhaps less pleasant thoughts. The father figure can be a very subjective experience. It's also a useful trope in storytelling. Mothers influence tradition too, in different but substantial ways than fathers. But that's a post for another time..... …

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A Short Writing Update 2/14/22: It Begins

Big news, my dear readers! I've signed my first editorial contract. That means I've sent my manuscript off to an editor for feedback. I've opted for a critique of the plot, characters, pacing, and other details. Once I receive the feedback, I'll perform the revisions. Next will be round two: the copyedits and proofing. The …

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